The cat needed shaved

I know this is a blog about Inara, but I’m digressing today to post about her feline older sister, Niobe.  Little miss has (had?) quite the long coat, ridiculously long over her shoulder blades – she had wings.  Unfortunately, she was getting matted and refused to let me brush her or trim the mats out.  So I broke down and had her shaved yesterday morning.  I helped hold her during the process, throughout which she actually did very well – a lot of squirming, but no hissing or growling or serious bites.  So I don’t have any pics of the actual process, but I can do before and afters.  🙂

Before:

Check out that coat!
Check out that coat!

After:

You can see the pile of fur is bigger than she is!
You can see the pile of fur is bigger than she is!
She still has her furry tail, head and little booties!
She still has her furry tail, head and little booties!
She's actually a small cat, with very long legs - who knew?
She's actually a small cat, with very long legs - who knew?
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3 thoughts on “The cat needed shaved

  1. I’ll bet she feels a TON better! I have a friend out west that shaves her long hair cat twice a summer so that it’ll be comfortable during the hot western months. During the process the cat doesn’t appreciate it, but after? After the cat is a whole new kitty! Energy to spare!

    Now, the question is, did Inara recognize Niobe?

  2. No, she didn’t recognize her – they had also done a foam shampoo on Niobe so she even smelled different. Inara and I had to have several, uh, discussions, about how this was still the same cat and she couldn’t terrorize her. She seems to have figured it out now, but it was really annoying for a while! LOL

  3. My old cat Homey was part maine coon with a very long coat and refused to let me brush him. We found out later that it was becuase someone had used him as target practice and he had Beebee’s under his skin in several places. So I did the same thing every summer, shave him into a “lion cut”.

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